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Psychol Sci. 2002 Sep;13(5):454-9.

Inhibition and superconditioning.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla 92093-0109, USA.


Superconditioning is said to occur when learning an association between a conditioned stimulus (CS) and unconditioned stimulus (US) isfacilitated by pairing the CS with the US in the presence of a previously established conditioned inhibitor. Previous demonstrations of superconditioning have been criticized because their control conditions have allowed alternative interpretations. Using a within-subjects autoshaping procedure, the present study unambiguously demonstrated superconditioning. The results support the view that super-conditioning is the symmetric opposite of blocking.

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